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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

John Spiller (1763–1794)

Sculptor. Son of the architect, James Spiller, he attended the Royal Academy Schools in 1781, and later became a pupil of John Bacon I. In 1786, Spiller was appointed mason to the Mercers’ Company and to the Joint Grand Gresham Committee. The latter commissioned him in 1789 to create a replacement for Grinling Gibbons’s much worn statue of Charles II in the courtyard of the Royal Exchange. He also made chimneypieces for the Earl of Hardwicke at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, and carved the monument to Philip Chauncy, erected in Mercers’ Hall in 1791. He died of consumption in Croydon.

Bibliography (updated 2024): Joint Grand Gresham Committee, Minutes, in the Archives of the Mercers’ Company; I. Roscoe et al, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660–1851, New Haven and London, 2009, p. 1170; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. 317, 318, 321, 324–25.

Philip Ward-Jackson, 2003